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February 7, 2014

Wake-up Call: Hall knows now heart disease nothing to ignore

February is American Heart Month

Corsicana — Deep, deep in the back of her mind, it resided. Rebecca Hall knew the possibility existed. She just knew it.

“I thought maybe I’d be the one that skirts it,” she said.

Heart disease ran in her family. In 1958, when she was just shy of 2 years old, a heart attack took her father’s life. The youngest of 13 brothers and sisters, seven had dealt with heart issues.

Last summer, Rebecca became No. 8.

“I just didn’t worry about it,” she said.

After all, she was a wife working in the family business. She was a mother, and a grandmother.

“(Women) are so busy taking care of family, making sure the home is running along,” Rebecca said. “We put ourselves on the back burner. You tell yourself, ‘I’ll get to it.’”

It, for Rebecca, was her health.

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The Rebecca Hall File

Age: 57

Family: Husband Danny, daughter Ashley and granddaughter Arhianna, and daughter Chelsea and husband Teddy and granddaughter Kayden

Business: She and Danny own Interior Decorative

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There had been times of fatigue in the past. She chalked it up to just being out of shape. On May 26 last year, she woke up and started to get ready for church. She just wasn’t feeling it, didn’t feel up to it. So she went back to bed.

She started sweating, even vomited, and just thought it was something she had eaten.

“It all makes sense now,” she said.

All day she slept, off and on, restless at best. The next morning, Memorial Day, she woke up, and her husband Danny said, “Are you ready to go to the doctor now?” Again she brushed it off, thought it was just a bug.

“I guess about 10 o’clock, I thought, ‘I’m not getting any better,’” she said. So she turned to Danny: “You need to carry me to the ER.”

She told the nurses and doctors and Navarro Regional she may be having a heart attack. They never told her anything as they ran tests.

“They didn’t want me to panic,” she said.

Then the ER doctor informed her she had eight minutes. Eight minutes until the air ambulance landed. She asked what was happening.

“He said, ‘You’re having a heart attack,’” Rebecca recalled.

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